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Come to the Westerlands

An old/ new sample just went up on my website, for those who cannot get enough of Fake History.

I've uploaded the history of the Westerlands, from THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.  This is the version I read last year at Loncon, slightly longer than the text that appears in the actual book, which was edited and trimmed a bit.  For those who want every last little nugget...

You will find it under Samples/ World of Ice & Fire, where it replaces the Aegon's Conquest sample that had been up there for a year.

And if that whets your appetite for more, the worldbook is still available from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer.

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lorandszakacs
Mar. 26th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome.
slightly longer than the text that appears in the actual book,

There is never enough fake history! Thank you, George!
Arthur Merinovich
Mar. 26th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
I bought the book and was very pleased with it. Some of the best worldbuilding I have read. I have a question though - will we learn more about the mysterious black stones on Iron Islands, Hightower and Yeen in the novels? Will we learn more about the Deep Ones? or will it remain a mystery, like asshai?
tsgeisel
Mar. 26th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
I want to hear more tales of Southros, or any of what was mentioned above.

Perhaps this would be a good starting place for an anthology...
pilusmagnus
Mar. 26th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
Obsessed
Must... read... every last word... of anything related to ASOIAF...
Robert Fiorentino
Mar. 26th, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl?
Imagine you're watching the Super Bowl. Jets vs. Dallas! You've anticipated this game for months, listened to all the press conferences, got excited and you have great seats to the game. Somewhere around halftime the game gets delayed because of weather...

But something funny happens during the delay - the scoreboard keeps updating with the future results of the game. Every touchdown, every penalty.

By the time the delays are over and the 3rd quarter is under way, the scoreboard already has the final score of the game. Dallas wins 28 - 21. Now you can sit there and see how it gets to that score, but isn't your experience tainted? If you know all the major twists and turns in the game, how can you really enjoy it? Change months of anticipation in this scenario to 20 years for some and I think the disappointment is clear.

Realize I'm derailing but there's never a good place to vent your frustrations about the shows passing the book and apparently no one working together to prevent it.

This whole scenario will be remembered in a derogatory way. Similar to how people fear that a show will have a "LOST ending", authors will now joke about trying to avoid a "GAME OF THRONES ending" where the readers get screwed and the author's story gets told essentially through fan fiction (which you ironically don't allow!).
grrm
Mar. 26th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl?
I don't think you quite grasp what 'fan fiction' is or why I object to it. GAME OF THRONES is a licensed adaptation.
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Re: LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl? - jacked_knight - Mar. 27th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl? - ssalem3 - Mar. 26th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl? - Todd Frazie - Mar. 27th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl? - vandor - Mar. 27th, 2015 02:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: LOST ending: Jets in the Superbowl? - jacked_knight - Mar. 27th, 2015 02:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Fairfax
Mar. 26th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
Does any other region have a longer version? It was kind of disappointing to see the North with only 9 pages or so.
krunchygoodness
Mar. 26th, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
Fake History
George, my favorite thing about your fake history is that it acts like real history. We should be skeptical of some events, and we can apply historical criticism to the sources we do have to figure out the best explanation of what really happened.
volturnus8
Mar. 26th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
This sample says Maekar was killed in Starpike, while the Targaryen section of the book says he was killed in the Dornish Marches.
Was that an oversight or is that where Starpike is located? Does this mean part of the Dornish Marches proper are still located within the Reach?
WarsofASOIAF
Mar. 26th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Extended Editions of Chapters
George,

Thanks for uploading this -- it scratches the itch for more pseudo history! Do you imagine that this extended version will end up in published format in FIRE AND BLOOD someday down the road? I also have to imagine with all the cuts to THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, that you have a lot of good material and running headstart for tackling FIRE AND BLOOD after the main series concludes.

Anyways, thanks again!
Andrew Firestone
Mar. 26th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks a ton Mr. Martin
Always happy to read your little fake histories. I absolutely adore TPaTQ
vandor
Mar. 26th, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
Suvudu Cage Matches
Speaking of fake histories, in a throw back Thursday kind of moment I stumbled back on your write up of how Ser Jaime Lannister was able to defeat Rand al'Thor in a Trial of Seven. That was definitely some epic writing that fans of the fantasy world in general should read.
egrinbergs
Mar. 27th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC)
Seven Blessings to ya!
Boy the maester who laid down this history really loves slobbering on Lannister nob! Lol! No but seriously I'm sure their lion shaped rock is beautiful as they come. I was wondering if we could expect a lengthened history of The North, maybe a little more detail on the battles fought and the betrayals suffered during the wars with the First Kings of Dustin or the Red Kings of Bolton? Very excited for TWOW and anytime we get new material it's a good day! Thanks much George!
jacked_knight
Mar. 27th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)
Any chance you'll post the Targaryen History (long form)?
I'm dyin' to read more about the Targaryen history, and it reads like it was the most fun to write as well. Summerhall may be reserved for a D&E novella, but you could delete that part... : )






grrm
Mar. 27th, 2015 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Any chance you'll post the Targaryen History (long form)?
The Targaryen history will eventually form the spine of the GRRMarillion... years from now.

It will be MUCH longer than the Westerlands history here.
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